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Pickup breaks power pole and fire hydrant in Grover Beach crash

A pickup crashed into a fire hydrant and a power pole in Grover Beach Saturday morning.
A pickup crashed into a fire hydrant and a power pole in Grover Beach Saturday morning.

UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: Power was fully restored at 3:37 p.m., PG&E said.

ORIGINAL STORY: A pickup truck crashed into a power pole and a fire hydrant in Grover Beach early Saturday morning, causing a geyser at least 30 feet high and a power outage that was still affecting 24 PG&E customers by midafternoon.

No one was injured in the accident that occurred just after 6 a.m. at the intersection of South 13th Street and Trouville Avenue, according to Peter King, spokesman for Five Cities Fire.

Grover Beach police and Five Cities Fire responded to the scene, closing two blocks of 13th Street as the fire hydrant spewed as much as 1,500 gallons of water per minute into the air for at least 40 minutes before city public works crews were able to stop it.

The truck also knocked the power pole off its foundation and shoved the base of the pole into the roadway, while the power lines held the pole in a mostly upright position. PG&E crews expect to have power restored by 6 p.m., according to the company’s website.

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